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Mumbai High Court Order Against Firms Selling Counterfeits of Piramal Healthcare’s Esgipyrin

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Piramal Healthcare Ltd. obtained a common ex-parte ad-interim order from the Mumbai High Court on Thursday, April 9, 2009 restraining four companies from using trademarks similar to its product Esgipyrin. Piramal Healthcare is a registered proprietor of the mark ‘Esgipyrin’ and the company has been using the trademark since 1974.

The four companies that have been restrained via this order are:

  • Endolabs Healthcare Pvt. Ltd., for their trademark Easipyrin
  • Endolabs Lifescience, for their trademark Elgipyrin
  • Spachem Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., for their trademark Zypyrine
  • Endolabs Ltd., for their trademark Agepyrine

The order states that the companies have introduced the infringing products for the same ailment as countered by Piramal’s Esgipyrin and that it has been prima facie seen that the product is deceptively similar to that of the original product. The order further goes on to state that the companies have been engaged in a deliberate, dishonest and fraudulent act of counterfeiting and are passing off their products as that from Piramal Healthcare.

A counterfeit drug is a medication or pharmaceutical product which is produced and sold with the intent to deceptively represent its origin, authenticity or effectiveness. The prevalence of counterfeit drugs appears constantly to be on the rise and these drugs are a major cause of morbidity, mortality, and loss of public confidence in medicines, the manufacturers and the overall health structures.

Written by sreelakshmi

15 April, 2009 at 5:38 pm